Hands of Hope Second Annual Butterfly Release

By Shannon Schussler

Article, Photos, and Video by Shannon Schussler

Hands of Hope Walton Family with Monroe Mayor John Howard

Saturday early evening, April 27, Hands of Hope Walton held its second annual Remembrance Service and Butterfly Release at Childer’s Park in Monroe, GA.  The park was green with springtime growth and the air had a crisp, cool breeze.  There could not have been more ideal conditions for the gathering.

Hands of Hope is a support group for families with members who have special needs.  The group honored in remembrance Keenan Freeman, Donielle Gonzalez, Cindy Pettus, and Jamari Smith.
Painted Lady Butterflies (Vanessa cardui) were released in Childer’s Park on Saturday.  “The butterflies are expected to migrate back to where they are released, so we may see the babies of these butterflies next year.” according to event organizer Chasity Stewart
Christian Pettus was a popular butterfly perch that day.
Speakers were Chasity Stewart and Shannon Schussler.
Songs by Shannon Schussler and Rachel Schussler
Please help Hands of Hope’s efforts to complete work on Hammond Park in Monroe, GA converting it into a complete all-inclusive park and playground for people of all abilities.  Tax-deductible donations accepted at paypal.me/handsofhopewalton.  The group will also hold a Corn Hole Tournament Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Hammond Park in Monroe beginning at noon.  Registration at the event is acceptable.  Cost is $25 per player.  Please see Hands of Hope Walton’s facebook page for registration information.

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